2014 Films: Bringing It Home

(USA | 2013 | 52 min | Dir: Linda Booker & Blaire Johnson)

Saturday 29 March 2014 6:00 pm – SA Premiere –

More industrial hemp is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually. Bringing It Home explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by illustrating its history, current industries and talking to both opponents and proponents of the industrial hemp farming legalization effort.

UKhemp_BJ_Giffin4web1Bringing It Home tells the story of hemp’s past, present and future through interviews with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe, historical images and media clips, and footage filmed in the U.K, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina. The documentary aims to magnify dialogue about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.

The film was inspired by environmentally-conscious home designer Anthony Brenner’s story to find the healthiest building material available to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a rare genetic disorder and sensitivity to synthetic chemicals. Anthony made headlines in USA Today and CNN when he completed “America’s First Hemp House” for the former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina. Anthony’s story is one of the inspirational tales profiled in this film that provides viewers with a new connection to the issue of toxicity in human habitats and how hemp can play a role in innovative healthy green building solutions. InBringing it Home, we follow Anthony’s mission to build The Bird’s Nest, the world’s first hempcrete built, toxin-free residential home for his daughter and other children and adults with disabilities.

g258258000000000000b8c37070f61d34d916f42d9f50d7e978df53ef5cA major drawback for Anthony and other U.S. builders using hemp is that the fiber must be imported. We followed the hemp trail of the Asheville house to England where we spoke with hemp business owners and facilities, filmed hemp farms and commercial structures. We meet Kevin McCloud, the popular designer, author and TV host of Grand Designs who developed a hemp townhouse neighborhood in Swindon. We interviewed researcher Dr. Michael Lawrence at the University of Bath’s “HemPod” research structure who talks about the humidity regulating and carbon absorbing benefits of hemp construction. West of London, Mike Giffin, Farm consultant with Hemp Technology, takes us “in the field” to discuss the benefits of hemp as an agricultural crop. We learn about hemp foods and nutrition from Henry Braham, hemp farmer and founder of GOOD Oil in the U.K.

Bringing It Home also features South African hemp expert Tony Budden.

Tony Budden, a South African hemp expert and co-owner of Hemporium who is featured in the film, participated in an informal audience discussion and Q&A session after the screening.

Screened with Groningen: The World’s Cycling City and Cape Town: Better by Bike.

Visit the Bringing It Home website.